Sam Liao

Assistant Professor

Sam LiaoShen-yi (Sam) Liao works on diverse connections between philosophy of mind, cognitive science, aesthetics, and moral philosophy. He has publications in analytic philosophy on imagination (e.g. "The Imagination Box," in Journal of Philosophy (2014)); moral psychology and the arts (e.g. “Moral Persuasion and the Diversity of Fictions,” in Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (2013)); and mental content (e.g. "What Are Centered Worlds?," in The Philosophical Quarterly‚Äč (2012)). He is also an active member of an emerging interdisciplinary movement called "experimental philosophy", which uses methods from the cognitive sciences to investigate philosophical questions. He was awarded a two-year Marie Curie fellowship at University of Leeds for research on experimental philosophy of aesthetics. His publications in experimental philosophy include "Aesthetic Adjectives: Experimental Semantics and Context-Sensitivity," in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research; "Experimental Philosophy of Aesthetics," in Philosophy Compass (2015); and "Empirically Investigating Imaginative Resistance," in British Journal of Aesthetics (2014). Liao teaches in these areas and others including: race and philosophy, philosophy of food, classical Chinese philosophy, and logic.


B.A., Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey, 2005; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2008, 2011

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